Tradition, Creation and Recognition in Aboriginal Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Castro, Estelle (2007). Tradition, Creation and Recognition in Aboriginal Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Castro, Estelle
Thesis Title Tradition, Creation and Recognition in Aboriginal Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Formatted title
Tradition, creation et reconnaissance dans la litterature Aborigene Australienne des vingtième et vingt-et-unième siècles [electronic resource] = Tradition, creation and recognition in Aboriginal literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2007-11-23
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Prof. David Carter
Prof. Marta Dvorak
Total pages 606
Total black and white pages 606
Subjects 420000 Language and Culture
Formatted abstract

By exploring notions of tradition, creation and recognition, intrinsically linked to those of memory, knowledges and representations, this thesis aims at examining how dialectics of identity and techniques of rewriting shape contemporary Aboriginal Literature, particularly in works of fiction by Terri Janke, Kim Scott, Sam Watson, Eric Willmot and Alexis Wright, and poetry by Lisa Bellear, Lionel Fogarty, Romaine Moreton, Kerry Reed-Gilbert and Samuel Wagan Watson. Aboriginal writers have underlined the importance of oral traditions, of family and community relationships, and of their inalienable connection to the land through a poetics of anchoring and relation. Facing two hundred years of colonisation, they have represented and contested stories and acts of injustice and oppression, and presented an alternative version of the history of the Australian continent. By examining how Aboriginal ontologies and epistemologies are woven within the texts through strategies of oralisation and literarisation, this thesis shows how the writers continue oral and cultural practices, open up spaces for sharing, and create memories for the future. This thesis focuses on the poetic, didactic, political, and axiological dimensions of the works and performances by these writers, which allow them to renew ancestral traces, remind readers and listeners that places are known though their (hi)stories and challenge them to participate in the decolonisation of the minds and of society, and assert “the sovereignty of their imagination”.

Keyword Aboriginal Australian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Aboriginal Australian literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Australian literature -- Aboriginal Australian authors -- History and criticism
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